Can plant extracts replace antibiotic growth promoters?

Published on: 04/30/2014
Author/s : Teresa M. Agulles Teixidó and Qi Wenjuan (PlusVet Animal Health)

The livestock industry is currently moving towards a reduction in the use of antibiotic growth promoters in order to prevent the emergence of antibiotic-resistant strains in humans. Feeds without antibiotics are a reality in the European Union and in South Korea now, while other countries are looking into ways to control them, such as United States or Australia. Even in China, after the antibiotic...

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May 1, 2014
Dear Teresa Agulles-Teixido and Qi Wenjuan, I found your article very interesting, with a lot of information that I did not know, and I felt it was very well written. I would like to say to you two, "A job very well done!". PWT
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Teresa M. Agulles Teixidó Teresa M. Agulles Teixidó
Operations Director
PlusVet Animal Health PlusVet Animal Health
Qingdao, Shandong [Shantung], China
May 2, 2014
Dear Mr. Walker, many thanks for your kind comments!
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Winnie Babirye Winnie Babirye
Professional
May 4, 2014
Dear teresa,
I think its good begining and what i dont understand if the sale of antibiotics to african countries can stop how do you reflect on that
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Teresa M. Agulles Teixidó Teresa M. Agulles Teixidó
Operations Director
PlusVet Animal Health PlusVet Animal Health
Qingdao, Shandong [Shantung], China
May 5, 2014
Dear Winnie,

First I want to highlight that here we are talking only about antibiotics for prevention, not for treatment.

I have little experience in African markets, but I guess that sooner or later it will follow the global trend by reducing the use of AGP. However, this process takes time as it requires the combined efforts of nutritionists and farm managers, a change in legislation and tighter controls of the food safety authorities.

As we discuss in the article, eliminating AGP is possible, but before reducing antibiotics there must be changes in the composition of feed, improvements in biosafety, a management system that reduces stress and addition of the right feed additives that help digestive health.

Regards! Teresa
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DrFayyaz Ganie DrFayyaz Ganie
Animal Health Technologist
May 12, 2014

@ Teresa you may go through my write up also.

Superbug Threat: A ticking Bomb

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Teresa M. Agulles Teixidó Teresa M. Agulles Teixidó
Operations Director
PlusVet Animal Health PlusVet Animal Health
Qingdao, Shandong [Shantung], China
May 13, 2014
Dear Dr. Fayaz, your article is very interesting and I agree with it 100%. Thank you very much for sharing! Teresa
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DrFayyaz Ganie DrFayyaz Ganie
Animal Health Technologist
May 13, 2014
@ Teresa
Thank you!
I have been working on veterinary Phytogenics\alternative technologies from past 3 years. i have IP right for one phytochemical based Anit-coccidial,gut health & Growth promoter. i will like to share with you & also in the process learn from you.Please get in touch drfaganie at the rate g mail dot com.
regards,
Dr Fayaz
DVM,MBA
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Forest Lin Forest Lin
General manager & Sales Director China
May 27, 2014

I fully agree with Teresa, plant extracts can replace AGP if you have better farm management, but the major problem is the stability of plant extract and ingredient variability each batch, so you have to select the products with science publications in peer magazine and pure molecules ingredients instead of plant grinding, meanwhile, the production technology for ingredients protection is another key point for it.

Best regards

Forest Lin

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May 28, 2014

A plant extract contains a lot of different compounds that act synergistic with each other. To garantee the stability of each batch you have to standardize the extraction procedure and you have to standardize the concentration using a standard compound present in the extract.

Pure molecules have the disadvantage that you isolate them from the natural surroundings. The biological activities of an isolated compound might be different from that one present in a plant extract.

Best regards,
Dr. Cor J.M. Arts

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Forest Lin Forest Lin
General manager & Sales Director China
May 28, 2014
Dear Dr.Cor J.M.Arts,
I fully agree with you!!!that's the reason why I think we should select the products with more science evidence in research by publications in peer magazines, such as the magazine like "Nature","animal science" etc.so the simple blending products with silica or other carriers will be the big problem in product stability.
Best Regards
Forest
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Bharat Mane Bharat Mane
Director
May 29, 2014
I agree plant extracts can make a difference and do have a role to play. We are promoting products of EW Nutrition in Maharashtra, these products are essential oils based products and we have seen very encouraging results.

Regards
Bharat Mane
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TALHI Faouzi TALHI Faouzi
Doctor of veterinary medicine - PhD
May 30, 2014
we try to commercializ in Morocco a new product that contain an extract of chinese plant called Artemisia annua ,

we are now checking the utility of this product in moroccan farm

MAROC AGROVETO HOLDING

agroveto.com
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